Career Resources

Is the Five-Day Work Week and Eight-Hour Work Day an Outdated Model?

By Koh Wanzi

Many of us are familiar with the daily grind of a Monday to Friday, nine to five work schedule. Few people question it or even think of overturning the status quo, but as we embrace new economic models and knowledge-oriented economies, the time appears ripe to rethink the five-day work week as one of the fundamental aspects of our jobs. (Read More Here!)

Mixing Friendship and Business (Part I) – Should I Venture into a Startup with My Pal(s)?

By Desiree Yang

We all know the age-old adage – never mix friendship with business. The Facebook success story provides a good illustration, what with the lawsuit that co-founder Eduardo Saverin filed against the Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in an attempt to claim a share of the company based on his involvement during the development phase of Facebook on the crest of the social network’s astounding success.

But in contrast, the founders of (Brooklyn-based) Blue Marble Ice Cream are testament to the idea that it is, in fact, possible to be friends with your business partners. In an interview with BBC News earlier this year, the dynamic duo made no attempt to discount the challenges that they have faced in running the company together – instead, they shed considerable light on how they have managed to drive their business to where it is today.

So, if you’re toying with the idea of venturing into a startup with a friend(s), consider the following before diving in heart-first. (Read More Here!)

Building Brand Loyalty

By Desiree Yang

With hits like The Wedding Singer, Don’t Mess With the Zohan and his most recent romantic comedy Blended (which hasn’t been sitting well with critics) to his name, Adam Sandler is no stranger to the box office. Take a quick look at Sandler’s filmography and you’ll quickly notice a large majority of the roles that he has played are in movies that are wacky, goofy, and altogether entertaining.

“[I]f Sandler’s movies have taught us anything, it’s that, no matter how bad his movies get, they will always do well in [theatres].”

This is a case in point for brand loyalty, and the power it has to keep businesses running, or in the case of Sandler – his Hollywood career. So, how does one go about building brand loyalty? (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Should I Deal with Being Demoted/Reassigned?

Question: I have been demoted at work and am in the midst of re-evaluating my status in the office. Does my demotion suggest that my boss deems me unworthy and is subtly nudging me to leave?

Answer: One thing’s certain – if your boss wanted to give you the boot, he/she would have. For your part, learning about your demotion must have been harsh – even humiliating – but before you go about bashing yourself up and turning in that resignation slip, here are some things you should consider (and to keep your motivation from falling into a slump). (Read More Here!)

What’s Brewing? The Singapore Microbrewery Scene

By Desiree Yang

Singapore’s world-famous tropical weather never fails to leave its inhabitants drenched in either their own perspiration on most days or in rain on others. One good source of comfort and solace after a long, hard day at work is (fittingly) ice-cold beer!

Cue the success of Beerfest Asia, which boasts an array of 400 different beers from more than 20 countries (and making its 6th appearance on our sunny shores this weekend from 12 to 15 June) and is testament to the passion we Singaporeans have for after-work drinks.

Let’s turn the spotlight on the ‘unsung heroes’ i.e. microbreweries (a brewery that produces limited quantities of beer) that have revolutionised the beer scene in Singapore. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Can I be an Effective Delegator?

Question: When I try to delegate, I find that I am never fully satisfied with the quality of work that comes back to me. How can I become a more effective delegator and ensure that my team is functioning at its optimal level of productivity and efficiency?

Answer: For some, delegating comes easily, while for others – perfectionists especially – the mere thought of delegation is akin to the sawing off of a limb. (Read More Here!)

Co-working in Singapore – An Up and Coming Trend?

By Desiree Yang

The co-working concept is still a relatively new concept in Singapore, and even though it has yet to gain significant traction, it can offer many advantages for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on a shoestring budget.

Simply put, co-working can be defined as a work environment that is shared by individuals from different organisations. In addition to the obvious benefit of office rent reduction, co-working spaces can offer a plethora of networking opportunities among like-minded employees (e.g. animation and web designers), who can not only bounce ideas off each other but also identify with a similar set of working values and delight in working in a community of like-minded people.
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The Science Behind Workaholism

By Desiree Yang

In the cut-throat corporate jungle of multi-national corporations and small and medium enterprises that are clawing their way onto the global stage, survival of the fittest takes on a new meaning. The most telling indicator of fitness is now who can put in the longest hours at work without burning out, and if recent statistics are anything to go by, an alarmingly large number of Singaporeans are aspiring to reach the top of the food chain by allowing their work to become their life. (Read More Here!)

3 Career Lessons from Mindy Kaling

By Desiree Yang

US actress Mindy Kaling may not be a household name, but the 34-year-old has made it to People’s 2014 World’s Most Beautiful List – alongside Hollywood luminaries such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cucuo and Scarlett Johansson.

Yes, Mindy Kaling! (Read More Here!)

How Do You Deal with Rainy Weather at the Office?

By Desiree Yang

If there is one thing that Singaporeans are good for, it’s our ability to complain about the weather – and tirelessly at that. A few months ago, the talk of the town was the month-long dry spell that Singapore was experiencing. Today, the spotlight’s on the sporadic showers that have rained (pun very much intended) all over our parade. (Read More Here!)